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Every Change Begins with a Vision.

We believe that every action taken to better just one life will create a ripple effect that changes many. Our team's shared vision and commitment to the children of Skagit Valley can only be described as heartfelt and hopeful that, together, we can make a difference.

Every Change Begins with a Vision.

We believe that every action taken to better just one life will create a ripple effect that changes many. Our team's shared vision and commitment to the children of Skagit Valley can only be described as heartfelt and hopeful that, together, we can make a difference.

MEET OUR TEAM

The COV Mission

We provide a provide a positive, caring, and supportive environment for children of low-income families that values and respects each child’s God given potential, while offering a variety of cultural enrichment activities as well as academic support.

The COV Vision

Our vision at COV is to empower students to dream big by providing a positive life-changing experience that gives them the skills and confidence to fulfill their greatest potential.

Does this light your heart on fire?

We know the feeling.

Meet the COV Team

Children of the Valley is guided by a team of individuals who share in our mission to elevate the lives of children in need. The leaders who sit on our Board of Directors have a vested interest in our vibrant community, with like-minds that understand the importance of our children and their educational and personal growth. 

Board Members

Flora Lucatero
Executive Director

Beth Ashley
President

Flora Lucatero
Executive Director


 

With more than two decades of experience working directly with low-income and at-risk youth, Flora established Children of the Valley in 2006 in her quest to provide a much-needed after school service for children within her community. As the founding and current Executive Director, she oversees all day-to-day operations and finances, working in collaboration with COV’s Board of Directors to ensure all opportunities and objectives are being met in the most effective manner. 

Beth Ashley
President


 

Throughout her career, Beth worked as a teacher and staff developer in the Lake Washington School District for nearly two decades, as assistant principal at Stanwood High School for two years, and principal at Mount Baker Middle School in Mount Vernon for nine years.

Sarah Nuanes
Treasurer

Judith Robinson
Secretary

Sarah Nuanes
Treasurer


 

Bringing with her nearly two decades of experience from within the financial industry, Sarah Nuanes sits on the COV Board of Directors as its Treasurer. In this capacity, her main responsibilities are to oversee the financial administration of the non-profit organization, review procedures and financial reporting, advise the board on financial strategy, and advise on fundraising.

Judith Robinson
Secretary


 

For 25 years, Judith was an elementary teacher, teaching kindergarten, gifted pull-out program, and elementary music. She received her B.A. in English and Elementary Education from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. She is currently affiliated with Bethany Covenant Church and is Founder of the Neighborhood Book Club

Carmen Anderson Bruner
 Director

Renata Maybruck
Director – Development Committee

Carmen Anderson Bruner
 Director


 

As a long-standing Skagit Valley resident with a strong family connection to the Mount Vernon School District, Carmen has long felt a commitment to and passion for the education of local children. She has been affiliated with numerous service organizations over the years, including Tierra Nueva (past Board member), New Earth Recovery, and Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation.

Renata Maybruck
Director – Development Committee


 

Renata has worked within the non-profit sector for 20 years. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is proudly affiliated with numerous service organizations, including Skagit Women in Business, Skagit Women’s Alliance Network (Vice President, past PR Chair), Sedro-Woolley Rotary (Mentor Program Chair). 

Peggy Glass Paxton
Director

Dylan Sicklesteel
Director – Strategic Planning Committee

Peggy Glass Paxton
Director


 

For more than 20 years, Peggy worked as a Speech Language Pathologist serving on school-wide teams to identify students that were struggling in the school environment. She has a B.A. in Communication Disorders, an M.A. in Speech, Language and Hearing, and a Certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association.

Dylan Sicklesteel
Director – Strategic Planning Committee


 

Dylan is a paraeducator in the Migrant and Bilingual Education Program, Spanish-speaking Family Liaison, Migrant Education Program Recruiter, and Migrant Student Advocate for Conway School District. Dylan attended Whitworth University and La Universidad de Murcia in Spain. He is currently working towards completion of his Bachelor’s degree.

Daniel Booker
Pastoral Liaison

Daniel Booker
Pastoral Liaison


 

Daniel serves as the Children & Family Pastor at Bethany Covenant Church in Mount Vernon. He has been an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church since 2012 and has served in various youth, children, and family ministries since 2001. 

Children of the Valley Staff

The staff of compassionate professionals that make up our core team are unlike any other. Each individual brings a unique skill set that, when combined together, enables COV to operate seamlessly and effectively. We have also been blessed with a great number of community volunteers who have lent their time, expertise, and love for children to our organization, making everything that we do possible!

Together, we can make a difference.

Since 2006, Children of the Valley has been at the forefront of local efforts to ensure that children in need are given equal opportunity to learn, feel supported, and thrive in all aspects of their young lives.

We believe that every action taken on behalf of these children - positive word-of-mouth, donation, sponsorship, or volunteer hours - starts a ripple of change that reaches far and wide. It is our goal to positively impact the lives of the children and families we serve, creating a better future for us all.